Trouble begins when over indulgence in food (requiring an over-production of insulin) either leads to failure of the pancreas or cell damage (caused by over-production of insulin) in-turn leading to insulin becoming ineffective. Unfortunately, once the process of converting food into energy breaks down, there is no way to repair it. However, diabetes symptoms can be reversed by keeping our blood sugar levels under control and adopting a healthier lifestyle.
How diabetes symptoms can be reversed
1. First off, you need to consult a diabetic specialist so that you can be properly diagnosed as to the type of diabetes (Type I or Type II) and also the progress of the disease. Where required, the physician or specialist will also prescribe medicines that may or may not include insulin.
2. If you are an adult, given that diabetes is categorized as a ‘lifestyle disease’ (meaning triggered by unhealthy lifestyle of the person), you would probably have to make drastic changes to your lifestyle. These changes would have to include incorporating adequate exercises, eating regular healthy meals, getting adequate sleep and if you were previously overeating, then, incorporating diabetic portion control plates, cups and glasses into your dinnerware.
3. You would also have to get yourself acquainted with the U.S.D.A approved concept of ‘MyPlate’ diet. Briefly, Myplate refers to a plate theoretically divided into four parts in the ratios of 3:3:2:2. The larger parts are one each for vegetables and wholegrain (including pulses). The two smaller parts are one each for proteins and fruit. To this, include a small 6 oz glass of low-fat milk or non-fat, non-sweetened yoghurt.
4. You also need to understand the energy formulae: Food to consume = Total energy requirement. An average adult requires approximately 2,100 calories of food every day (because we need roughly 2,100 calories of energy each day). If you need to reduce your weight, you should incorporate physical activity equivalent to not less than 200 calories per day. Since you are drawing 200 calories worth of additional energy than that provided by food, your body makes up the deficit by breaking down 200 calories worth of stored fat. Over time, you will reduce your body fat.
5. You also need to understand that some foods are digested immediately and therefore release glucose immediately into the blood stream. Other foods (e.g. proteins) take some time to digest. If you have been prescribed medication, you need to time the medication so it coincides with the glucose release in the blood stream. This is vital as mismatch will lead to your medication becoming ineffective and your diabetes progressing further despite the medication.
6. Conduct regular blood sugar tests at home by using blood glucose monitors. The only way you know the efficacy of your medication as well as your efforts is by conducting regular blood sugar tests at home. If your medication is matched with the release of glucose in the blood, then even at peak times your blood sugar should have a normal reading. This is the sign that you have got it right.
If you incorporate all six actionable points mentioned above, then your diabetes symptoms can be reversed.